Reigning MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips is usually the one scoring for the New York Red Bulls but it was older brother Shaun's turn last night.
The 33-year-old winger, who joined the club in July after initially travelling to New York for his brother’s wedding, came off the bench in the 62nd-minute of his side’s clash with Eastern Conference rivals Toronto FC at BMO Field and went on to bag his first MLS goal.
The visitors were 2-0 down at that point due to second-half strikes from Herculez Gomez and MVP front-runner Sebastian Giovinco but the former Queens Park Rangers man set up a tense finish in the 86th-minute with a low drive from the edge of the box that beat TFC goalkeeper Chris Konopka.
The hosts would ultimately hold on for the victory, however, as they secured their first play-off appearance since entering the league in 2007, while the Red Bulls saw their lead at the top of the East cut to five points ahead of their final two regular-season games.
They still look likely to land the number one seed thanks to relatively easy matchups against the Philadelphia Union and the Chicago Fire but, with Western Conference leaders FC Dallas drawing level on points with them in the Supporters’ Shield standings last night with a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, Jesse Marsch’s men are not resting on their laurels.
“It’s very important to get back to our winning ways,” said goal-scorer Wright-Phillips, who left QPR in the summer after his contract at Loftus Road expired, when speaking to MLSoccer.com after the loss. “Sunday is now a really, really important game. We let this one slide, so now we have to get back to the place we just left.”